Zimbabwe President, Emmerson Mnangagwa has paid a courtesy call to ailing opposition Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai and ruled out forming a coalition government.

Zimbabwe is due to hold elections this year in the first big test of Mnangagwa’s legitimacy after he rose to power in November last year following a de facto military coup which saw veteran leader Robert Mugabe reluctantly cede power.

Tsvangirai disclosed in June that he was battling colon cancer and has been in the south several times for treatment.

Photos and videos of his entourage and sitting next to a clearly ill Tsvangirai at his home in Harare, have caught international attention.

Mnangwagwa and Tsvangirai have been on opposite ends of public political tussles in the country for years but Mnangwagwa seems determined to chart a different course for his presidency

Some have commended him saying the visit indicates statesmanship.

Last month, he went on his first international visit in South Africa where he appealed to Zimbabweans in the diaspora to return and for the nation to forgive the past and turn a new leaf.